OOTD: Black Leather + Wrap Romper + Knee Highs

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MUA by Steph Dong

Jacket: BLANKNYC, Romper: ASTR, Purse: Ferragamo, Necklace: Rocksbox,

Bracelets: Rocksbox & Banana Republic & Anarchy Street, Boots: Franco Sarto (similar here).

Wow, it’s been a while since my last post.  In short, my trip to Taiwan was so fun! – I did a lot of eating, shopping, exploring, night-marketing, sight-seeing, and flasking.  Traveling is such a great way for me to step away from reality and jump into a whole other world.  Going to Asia again reminded me of my time off from work about a year ago, and all the adventures and new experiences I had during that time.  It is seriously amazing what some time off to recharge can do for you.  During my time off, I literally did everything and anything I wanted – how often can we say that we do that? – I worked out everyday, enjoyed the outdoors, traveled, joined MDT, and eventually started this blog.  This blog is very dear to me because one, it is a reminder of all those great memories and that mindset I created for myself about a year+ ago and two, it’s opened up doors to meet and collaborate with some awesome friends.  For this shoot, Steph Dong did such a beautiful job on my makeup and Lisha Wang, as always, killed it behind the camera.  I hope ya’ll take some time to check out their work linked here and here.

Chic Picks: Travel Essentials for my Taiwan Trip

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Photography by: Kristin Hashimoto

Flasks: Flasking, Jewelry: Rocksbox, Notepad: Cavallini

Purse: Marc Jacobs, Wallet: Tory Burch, Top: Zara, Bottoms: Joe’s Jeans Else, Flats: Cole Haan

About a year ago, I spent a month exploring Thailand – it was an amazing experience that I still dream about today.  Since then, I’ve had the travel bug and have been itching for another adventure.  Luckily for me, time has been flying – especially with work and all – and this week has finally come!  In a few days, I’ll be in Taiwan for the first time, exploring Taipei, eating lamb skewers and drinking Boba.  In preparation for my trip, I’ve been doing a bit of planning and also packing.  I’m usually a heavy packer, but for this trip, since we’ll be hopping from city to city, I’ve decided to pack just the essentials.  Here, I’ve featured my Day 1 outfit: a basic crop with white jeans and my most comfortable flats by Cole Haan.  I’ll also be bringing along my handy dandy leather backpack by Marc Jacobs to hold a Cavallini travel notepad, my prescription sunglasses (cuz I’m an old lady), my favorite Tory Burch wallet, and my super stylish flasks by Flasking (yes – this is very essential), amongst other things.  The backpack is great because I’ll be able to carry my goodies and have free hands for eating food at the night markets.  =) Anyhoo, enough about me – let me know about your upcoming travels/cool trips in the comment box below.  Would love to hear!  Thanks for reading. =)

**Huge thanks to Flasking for these beautiful flasks – I’m beyond excited to use them on my trip.  They’re intricately designed, super portable and surprisingly suit well as a fashion accessory for a night-out.  When you have a chance check out Flasking and their unique and limited-edition flasks, handcrafted by artists.  A couple more of my favorites are here and here.  =)

OOTD: GAP “Make Love” Remake

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Photography by Lisha Wang

MUA by Stephanie Dong

Model: Raymond Chou

Top: J.Crew, Bottom: Joe’s Jeans, Pumps: Nine West

Decided to change things up a bit and collaborate with some really awesome people for an in studio shoot!  This shoot was  inspired by the GAP “Make Love” campaign.  We wanted to keep a similar clean and classic look and feel.  At first I was a little nervous, but it ended up being a blast.  Can’t wait to do more shoots like this!

OOTD: Stripes & Eyelets

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Photography by Michael Trinh

Top: J.Crew, Skirt: Banana Republic, Shoes: Forever 21, Bag: J.Crew, Rings: Pandora & thanks Rocksbox!

Keeping it casual at work.  Love this crinkly J.Crew button-up – could totally pair it w white jeans, pumps and a statement necklace.  Instead, I chose to wear it with one of my fave eyelet skirts, which I bought from Banana Republic Outlets on my way back to the Bay.  Added a pop of color with orangey-red clutch.

OOTD: Vanilla Honey Tea Latte

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Photography by Douglas Clarke

Jacket: Bar III, Belt: Banana Republic, Skirt: Banana Republic, Heels: Nine West, Earrings & Rings: Thanks RocksBox!

Spent the day exploring downtown Oakland for the first time – it was a mixture of a lot of old and a lot of new.  Stopped by a cute cafe called Tierra Mia – definitely going back again – had such a cool vibe and their Vanilla Honey Tea Latte was so delish.  Decided to sport one of my favorite jackets with today’s outfit – the details, the shape and color all make it so versatile.  I pair it w ripped jeans on casual days, and sometimes wear it a lacy dress to add a little edge.  Here, I went for a more classy look.